From our gardens to our kitchen, we present fresh interpretations of traditional Italian dishes using sustainably-farmed, local fruits and vegetables, and all organic meats.
Inspiration from the bounty of local farms and our own restaurant garden help create a daily changing menu that has kept Bistro Don Giovanni on the San Francisco Chronicle’s top Bay Area restaurants since the list’s inception.
Our lively bar features hundreds of Napa Valley and Italian wines, as well as seasonally inspired cocktails.
Our Bistro mornings begin with baking traditional, focaccia and ciabatta breads, handcrafting fresh semolina and egg pastas and forming traditional Neapolitan pizzas for the day ahead.
Guest favorites always grace the menu—Beet & Haricort Verts salad, Mama Concetta’s meatballs, crispy and succulent Chicken Diavolo, rich and savory seared salmon filet, and our perfect Grilled Bistro Burger among them. Sprinkled in are daily and seasonal specials that provide a constantly changing menu for our guests to enjoy.
We invite you to join our regulars and enjoy the essence of Italy inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley.
Signature Bar Drinks
Today’s bar is an extension of the dining experience with cocktails that include aromatic herbs, sweet and tart fruits, exotic liquors and the highest quality gins, vodkas, tequilas, scotch, bourbons…
Come in and enjoy some time at our bar. Meet locals and savor a few of our seasonal signature cocktails. We guarantee a good time!
The “Don Manhattan”
Dark & Stormy
Our wine program exemplifies the promise of wine country…searching far and wide to find the food-friendly wines that enhance your dining experience.
$20.00 Corkage per 750ml. For each bottle purchased from our Wine List, we will waive one corkage charge (maximum 6 bottles).
Al Fresco Dining
There is no better way to enjoy Napa Valley than outside in the fresh country air. Our gardens and vineyards surround us with fragrant aromas and beautiful vistas. Our lyrical Commedia dell’arte fountain is the centerpiece of our Italian parco and features the characters of a traditional 16th century Italian improvisational theater as they swing from poles and stilts, splashing playfully, sparking conversation and levity.
Locals know that winter is one of the very best times to visit the Napa Valley for the cozy warmth indoors and the dramatic skies outdoors. It’s also the best time to savor the braises and creations from the wood-burning oven.
Bistro Don Giovanni has two traditional wood-burning fireplaces—one inside the main dining room and one on the enclosed terrace which is also available for private parties.
Our Fireside Terrace seats up to 50 guests. Completely enclosed and heated for winter, the French doors and garden windows are open to the Napa Valley throughout the summer.
You will often find Giovanni and our managers enjoying conversation at our guests’ tables. This convivial attitude is infused in our service team that we consider the very best in the Valley.
Servers are friendly and courteous, attentive and efficient and always knowledgeable about our food and drink. And, because they are local professionals and not simply young kids passing through town, they “know” the Valley and can tell you what other places are worth a visit!
Giovanni Scala, Proprietor
Giovanni — he welcomes you as family. The charming co-founder of Bistro Don Giovanni is the consummate host whose gracious personality enhances the Italian country atmosphere of the Bistro and who’s Mamma Concetta inspired the Neapolitan heart of the menu.
Scott Warner, Chef Partner
From 2002 to 2015, Scott served as Executive Chef at Bistro Don Giovanni and returned in 2018 as our new Chef Partner to lead our team of accomplished bakers and chefs yet again. Scott was inspired early on by his mother’s love of bringing together their community through a shared passion for European cuisines. Later, Scott traveled and immersed himself in European culture and cooking techniques, eventually fostering a unique talent for creating fresh takes on Italian and French country classics. While Scott does enjoy traveling and finding new recipes to expand his already impressive repertoire, he fell in love with the special energy and spirit of Napa Valley and decided to take the next step of his culinary journey here.
As the new Chef Partner, Scott is especially excited to work on Bistro Don Giovanni’s “big picture” — to not only engage, teach, and excite the people at both the front and the back of the house, but also to work closely with local farmers to truly connect with the land and the ingredients it has to offer. Bistro Don Giovanni embodies the exceptional spirit of the Napa Valley, and Scott looks forward to bringing together the community by keeping its menu fresh and exciting with these delicious local ingredients.
When away from the restaurant, Scott enjoys playing in his “chef band” for various local benefits that raise funds and awareness for meaningful causes. When in the restaurant, you can find the ever-personable Scott in the garden, in the kitchen, or table hopping in the dining room most every day of the week. If you see him, feel free to catch his attention to say, “Welcome back!”
Donna Scala, Heavenly Inspiration
Donna Scala’s talent, creativity, and passion created Bistro Don Giovanni 21 years ago. Her heartwarming and joyous personality kept patrons coming back for visits — year after year.
She and Giovanni created this very special Napa Valley dining room. Donna’s ethics and her spirit continue to inspire our entire team every day.